Senegalese-American Singer Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, also known mononymously as Akon has visited Uganda in search of investment opportunities to extend his business tentacles on the continent.
Akon together with his wife, Tomeka Thiam, met with the President of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni for a wonderful discussion.
According to President Museveni, Mr. Aliaune Thiam (Akon) and his wife were “in Uganda in search of business opportunities in a number of sectors like energy, tourism, and infrastructure development.”
Mr. Museveni said he was elated to hold such a conversation with the couple.
“I am happy to engage in such a discussion that will uplift our people and Africa at large.”
The Ugandan first couple, in their discussion, told the celebrity couple that the Pearl of Africa was the best destination for tourism.
“Uganda is the best tourism destination, known for its fantastic weather, considering that we are right on the Equator but with a high altitude. This is unique! There are only about two other places gifted that much.” The president said.
Akon rose to fame in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble (2004).
The ‘Lonely, Ghetto, Don’t Matter and Sorry, Blame it on Me’ hitmaker later founded later founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution.
In 2018, the 47 year old multiple award winner announced he was working with the Senegalese government to build a tourist-city with a cryptocurrency-based economy named Akon City. At the time, it was said that three square miles of land minutes from the Blaise Diagne International Airport and around 50 kilometres from the capital of Dakar was given to Akon by Senegal president Macky Sall. It is said to be currently under development, and will be the first 100% crypto-based city with Akon’s own cryptocurrency, Akoin, at the transactional center.
On January 13, 2020, Akon shared on Twitter that the agreements for the city have been finalized and the project is underway. He captioned a photo of himself with Senegal president Macky Sall “Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”